WESTFIELD, NJ — Members of the Westfield High School boys and girls track and field teams were recognized during the school board meeting Tuesday night.
“It’s always an honor to be able to recognize some of our amazing students within the district,” said Board President Peggy Oster, who presented certificates of recognition to each of the team members and their coaches.
For the first time in Westfield High School history, the boys 4 x 400 meter relay team placed first at the Meet of Champions and set a school record of 3 minutes and 4.29 seconds. Earlier this month, the team placed ninth overall in the New Balance Nationals, a nationwide contest, breaking another school record with a time of 3 minutes and 22.18 seconds.
“This was something that just kind of came together organically,” said Tafelski. “Every single time we went out and ran, we got better.”
Olson, Saltzer and Zucker have been on the team for four years, while McIntyre joined this year, Tafelski said. “It was just fantastic the way it all came together,” he added.
All three team members participated in the North 2 Group 4 Sectional Championship, the Group 4 Championship and the Meet of Champions. At the statewide Meet of Champions, Hamilton placed third, Lawrence placed fourth and Triarsi placed 24th.
Both Lawrence and Triarsi were chosen as team captains and most valuable seniors. In the statewide contest, Lawrence broke the school shot put record for the third time this season, with a throw of 39 feet 10.5 inches. Triarsi set a school record of 8.26 seconds in the 55-meter hurdles in the Group 4 Championship.
Meanwhile, Hamilton, a sophomore, was recovering from an injury earlier this season but still managed to place third in the state contest. There, she set a school record of 2 minutes 16.2 seconds in the 800 meters.
At the meeting, coaches Jennifer Buccino and Joe Berardi both discussed their team’s accomplishments. Coach Sam Haimann and volunteer assistant Erik Anderson were unable to attend.
“It was a very great season,” Buccino said. “We couldn’t have three girls that better exemplify what it means to really work hard and devote yourself.”
“They set a high standard for themselves. They’re accountable, they’re disciplined,” Berardi added. “We wish we could get kids like this every year.”